Winners of Project Playhouse Receive Key at Minute Maid Park
August 2, 2016

The key to HomeAid's Pixel Playhouse, the 2016 Project Playhouse that was designed and constructed by M/I Homes, was officially presented to the winner at Minute Maid Park on July 27.  Kimberly Cooke with Benefit Concepts and her two daughters, Kathleen and Caroline, received the key on the ball field prior to the Astros vs. the Yankees game.

This is the tenth anniversary of HomeAid's Project Playhouse, a fundraiser that builds hope and homes for Houston's homeless community.  HomeAid Houston is a  a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association. 

Jay McManus, president of the Houston Division of M/I Homes, and his six year old son, Jake McManus, drew the winning ticket.

M/I Homes designed and built Pixel Playhouse with donated materials, labor and services from members of the GHBA.  The Project Playhouse team included David Gipe, vice president of operations; Keith Blum, vice president of purchasing; Bobby R. McNeese, sales manager; Chasity St. Andre, escrow officer; James Lee, construction superintendent; Hanan Foteh, senior administrator; Jean Pearcy, sales administrator; Linda Lynch, senior administrator; Steve Madrid, construction superintendent and Stephanie Wright, sales manager.   

Prior to the on-field key presentation, several Project Playhouse sponsors and volunteer groups were honored in Union Station.  They included representatives from the "Hall of Fame" sponsors, Champion Energy Services and RoofTec;  the winning ticket sales team, the GHBA Sales and Marketing Council, that sold 70 Playhouse tickets; and the individual with record-breaking ticket sales, Lisa Clark, HomeAid board member and vice president of Ryko Development, who sold $8,125 in tickets.

Jay McManus, Parke Patterson, the 2016 GHBA president and Cindy Hinson, the 2016 HomeAid president, presented the key in front of the many fans attending that evening.

"I was thrilled to get the call that I had won the playhouse," said Kimberly Cooke.  "Although I have grown children, we anticipate grandchildren at some point, and the playhouse will be a place for them to just be kids and to enjoy a space of their own in our backyard." 

Pixel Playhouse, a video game-style design, included numerous amenities such as air conditioning, tempered safety glass windows, a plasma TV, a treasure chest, a front porch, exterior torches and game seating. Pixel Playhouse also included a hand-created rug, tree and artwork that turned virtual reality into a reality. 

"This is the tenth consecutive year that HomeAid Houston, the Astros and the Astros Foundation have partnered for Project Playhouse," said Cindy Hinson.  "All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit HomeAid’s mission, to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach."  

For more information on HomeAid Houston visit the HomeAid website at or call the GHBA at 281-970-8970.